By Chris Bruce
Director of international sales and consulting services
BT Global Telecom Markets
Co-chair, Wireless Broadband Alliance
Mobile World Congress 2013 (MWC) in Barcelona showed that 4G is a reality in many markets. In fact, the UK licence auction concluded during the event this year.
Another reality is the difficulty of making the investment needed to acquire licensed spectrum and build 4G networks at a time when user data consumption grows exponentially while revenues grow modestly or even decline. This is encouraging operators to think again about the use of licensed and unlicensed spectrum and various technologies. For more on this subject, see my article “Wi-Fi offload’ is so last year – now it’s all about ‘onload’!”
You may also be interested in a video interview at MWC by Brian Dolby, managing director of BCS Public Relations, for the GTB Wipro TV Special. Brian interviewed Ibrahim Gedeon, CTO of Telus, one of the three largest mobile operators in Canada, and me. Our discussion about the importance of wireless standards and interworking between new technologies turned into a friendly debate.